This is the first of an ongoing blog post series!

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So you know you need music in your ceremony, but what are the different parts?

Often music is played in the background whenever anyone is walking up and down the aisle. This includes the bridal party, escorting of family members, and even the entrance and exit of guests. Some even choose to have music playing for certain rituals such as the lighting of a unity candle.

Each part of the ceremony has a different name where music is played:

-Prelude: when your guests walk into the ceremony setting; music typically starts from at least 15 or 30 minutes before the ceremony starts or as early as you want

-Seating of the family: when distinguished family members are escorted or walk to their places

-Processional: when any and all attendants walk down the aisle, which includes bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearers, etc.

-Bridal processional: when the bride and whoever may be accompanying her walk down the aisle

-Interlude: this can be any number of moments, but generally it includes any point in the ceremony where there are no words being spoken, some sort of nonverbal presentation, or a moment of remembrance

-Recessional: when the bride and groom and members of the bridal party make their formal exit back up the aisle

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Some pieces of music are fairly long so they can be broken up across different sections of the ceremony, or you can choose a different piece for each section you are including in your ceremony.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us about specific pieces or for suggestions, and don’t forget to always communicate exactly how your ceremony is being executed so your musicians can make it as seamless as possible!

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